---- — NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Julius W. "Peter" Schroeder, 76, went home to be with his Lord on Jan. 17, 2013, following a seven-week battle with cancer.
He retired from Michigan Bell Telephone in 1994. Peter enjoyed working with his buddies every fall harvesting salmon at the weir in Traverse City.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoors man.
He was secretary and treasurer of the Michigan Guides Association for many years.
Peter never minded spending hours on his tractor mowing the lawn, weeding and watering his many gardens or feeding his bluegills and goldfish in the pond. He could fix anything with a mantra of "Never give up!" His well developed sense of humor was sometimes biting and it stayed with him to the end.
He loved cars and kept all of his vehicles spotless despite frequent drives over two-track roads scouting deer territory for the fall. He was very adept at carving duck decoys and ice fishing decoys.
Peter spent winters in North Fort Myers, Fla., mostly to please his wife, but he never passed up a chance to go saltwater fishing with a buddy or out with a group of friends for dinner or simply sight-seeing.
All of his friends and family will miss him and his witty come-backs very much.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Wanda (Morton) and Arthur Schroeder; his stepfather, Charles Hall; and his sister, Jeanine Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cynthia (Perrin); daughter, Shellie Caron; son, Michael (Jayne) Schroeder; granddaughter, Nicole; his nephew, Dan (Patricia) Schroeder; and niece and nephew, Tosha and Aaron.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Please make any donations in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.